Friday, August 12, 2011

RENTING HOLIDAY HOMES IN EUROPE

It's not for everybody. But if you are somewhat self sufficient, want to explore regions around Europe on your own terms and have a budget, this is the way to go to Europe.
Aparments, houses and Gites come in all forms and sizes, from rural rustic, to luxury upscale. They come with kitchens, which if you have an issue like Celiacs do, comes incredibly handy, some have pools, some have a farm attached, the selections are endless.

First we visited Hinterstoder Austria, a small alpine village where my parents still rent out the two apartments where my sister and I lived before . About 800 sqft, we had two bedrooms, full bathroom, living area and a quaint dine in kitchen. An incredible mountain view from the balcony and the house is located right next to a river.

To give you an idea, here is their listing, a family of four can rent this apartment for as little as 350.00 Euros a week. A bargain.

http://www.tiscover.com/at/xlayout/portal/accommodation/206173at,en,SCH2/objectId,ACC660281at,season,at1/home.html

Our second holiday home was near Cognac in France, where we rented a Gite for a week.
A rural location meant for a relaxing week. The place itself had a pool which we shared with two other families (great for the kids). Well equipped, we had breakfast every morning, lunch and dinners a few times as well.
Mostly salads and cheeses, but a couple of times we actually cooked full meals as well.
France is a bit more expensive to rent place at, this Gite was 750.00 Euros a wekk.
There are plenty of sites to find Gites in France, such as these tow. Book early if you want the good ones. No matter what the economy does, Europeans take holidays....

http://www.gites-de-france.com/


http://www.holidayhomesdirect.ie/

For a complete, worldwide selection of holiday rentals, check this site out....

http://www.vrbo.com/

As I said, it is not for everyone, you gotta cook your own meals, do the dishes, be somewhat social (quelle horreur pour moi), but all in all, we really enjoyed our holiday.
So much so, that Victoria is waxing on about a gluten free Gite in France. You know, cook your own meals, but she will bake her breads, cakes and such and even wants to offer gluten free High Tea. Vhat? Who will serve all that? Me? Oh no.

Maybe we have to hire Manuel for that:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwYPCFfbhZM&feature=related






HINTERSTODER, AUSTRIA

THE HOUSE IS LOCATED NEXT TO THIS RIVER


VIEW FROM OUR BALCONY


FUNCTIONAL KITCHEN


SCHLAFZIMMER

CHALET EDLINGER



MORITZ THE CAT


RELAXING BY THE RIVER

 GREENERY EVERYWHERE


UP THE MOUNTAINS


THE POOL IN FRANCE


GITES DE BRIVES, COGNAC


RENOVATED BARN


ISABELLA WATCHING CARTOONS IN FRENCH


KIDS SHOULD RULE THE WORLD. NO WARS.


THEY DIDN'T HAVE THAT MUCH FUN AT THE BAKERY

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